Published May 14, 2010Back in January, we reported that Snow Patrol front-man Gary Lightbody was recording a country concept album under the moniker Tired Pony that would heavily feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. Now, that album is finished, and the band, which include among their ranks Iain Archer, Belle and Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn and producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, R.E.M.), are getting ready to tour it.
As BBC 6 Music reports, the band's debut album, The Place We Ran From, will drop July 12 courtesy of Fiction Records in the UK. Besides the core group (Lightbody, Buck, Archer, Colburn, Lee, Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and Snow Patrol Guitar Tech Troy Stewart), the album features contributions from both M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel - separately, as far as we can tell - and Editors front-man Tom Smith.
In the interview, both Lightbody and Buck are clearly excited by the outcome, and seem raring to hit the road. "We just wanted to do a gig as soon as possible to let people see that it was a proper band, not just this odd floating idea," Lightbody said.
Buck added, "It seemed crazy to do something as good as this record is and just walk away from it. There'll hopefully be some shows and maybe another record."
According to Lightbody, the project came to him while he was touring with his day job in 2009.
"I can't get away with writing pure country music because I haven't lived that life," he explained, "but I love it so much that I always wanted to try my hand at it. It's inspired by my love of Wilco, Calexico, Lambchop, Palace, Smog - these bands that look at the darkness in America."
The Place We Ran From:
1. "Northwestern Skies"
2. "Get On The Road"
3. "Point Me At Lost Islands"
4. "Dead American Writers"
5. "Held In The Arms Of Your Words"
6. "That Silver Necklace"
7. "I Am A Landslide"
8. "The Deepest Ocean There Is"
9. "The Good Book"